Then I asked myself:
How many of the functions listed in red, that I currently carry out using the Web 2.0 tools noted in green, could I carry out as effectively in a VLE using the VLE tools? (I was thinking particularly of the virtual learning environment used at our institution – Blackboard 7.)
The answer? Strictly speaking, none – although with a more generous definition of “effectively”, the networking and sharing ones might be addressed. That’s two out of 14, at a stretch.
PLE or VLE? No contest.